Senegal international Habib Beye believes Newcastle United must beat Middlesbrough if they are to any chance of avoiding relegation this season.
With Hull City losing at home to Stoke City on Saturday, both north-east teams go into the St James' Park clash knowing a victory could take them out of the bottom three.
Beye is aware of the importance of the Tyne-Tees derby, telling the Magpies' official website: "It's clear to everyone. We can't afford not to win against Boro because, if we want to have a chance to stay in the Premier League, we have to win this game.
"I don't care how - 1-0 would be enough - but definitely 100 per cent, we must win this game.
"I used to play for Strasbourg and I went down into the second league. It was not easy, but it was not this type of thing because we were in the bottom three for the whole season.
"For Newcastle, it is different because it is a massive club and you don't want to see Newcastle in the Championship. That's why for every player now it is the most important game in our life.
"It will be a good thing if we save the club from the bottom three, and this game can give us a good lift for the next game against Fulham.
"We can't afford to lose this game because everybody knows three points is really, really important for us."